From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi and Adanna Nnamani, Abuja
Anambra State Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, has strongly condemned the killing of soldiers who were ambushed on a routine patrol at Umunze, by yet to be identified gunmen, in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, through his Press Secretary, Mr Christian Aburime, described the incident as wicked and cruel.
He vowed that the perpetrators of the act must pay, adding that his government will not rest on its oars in fishing out the perpetrators, including the attackers of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest. Governor Soludo vowed that there would be no hiding place for them.
“Going forward, our actions will show, as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack, “governor Soludo further said.
The governor, therefore, urged Ndi Anambra to remain calm and law-abiding as the security agencies were on top of the situation.
Meanwhile, a group, under the aegis of Igbo People of Nigeria (IPN), has condemned the murder of soldiers.
A statement by Anayo Mbakwe, yesterday, described the incident as a national tragedy, barbaric and unacceptable.
Mbakwe said: “The people of the southeast are known to be loving, welcoming and hospitable. The latest turn of events, particularly in Anambra is a serious cause for concern.
The group recalled the recent assassination attempt on the Senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, at Nkwo Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area. Mbakwe believes the two unfortunate incidents have striking similarities and are distasteful to humanity in general, and in Igbo land in particular. He said: “Killing of any sort, whether political, agitational or accidental, is an act of terrorism and must not be condoned.”
He, therefore, called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and make them pay for their crimes. Mbakwe also urged the security agents to tame the alarming rise in assassinations in Anambra, especially with the 2023 elections on the horizon.
While commending the Nigerian Army for some notable strides in the region and across the nation, the Igbo people of Nigeria said the Chief of Army Staff should give more attention to Anambra. He said troops must not relent on recent successes, noting that pockets of criminal elements were already capitalising to wreak havoc.
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Mbakwe, therefore, charged the army not to relent in its responsibility of restoring law and order with other security agencies as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief. He admitted, though, that the Igbo are proud of the efforts of the Nigerian Army in the zone.
He, however, called on Ndigbo not to fold their hands and watch the ugly trend escalate, adding that criminals in communities, whether indigenes or foreigners, should be reported to relevant authorities.